The Academic Minute

The Academic Minute features researchers from colleges and universities around the world, keeping listeners abreast of what's new and exciting in the academy. Hosted by Dr. Lynn Pasquerella, President of Mount Holyoke College, The Academic Minute features a different professor each day, drawing experts from top research institutions. You'll enjoy topics ranging from updates on groundbreaking scientific research to an explanation of the accidental discovery of chocolate and an analysis of how social media is transforming the workplace. 



  • Thursday, January 29, 2015 12:01am
    Interdisciplinary studies can provide insights heretofore unexamined. Kit Wesler, a professor of archaeology at Murray State University, presents an archaeological understanding of climate change. Dr. Kit Wesler is Jesse D. Jones Endowed Professor of Geosciences and Director of the Mid-America Remote Sensing Center at Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky. He has conducted archaeological field work […]
  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015 11:03am
    As always, host Bob Barrett selects an Academic Minute to air during The Best of Our Knowledge. Each week this program examines some of the issues unique to college campuses, looks at the latest research, and invites commentary from experts and administrators from all levels of education. For this week‘s edition (#1271), Bob has selected […]
  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015 12:01am
    We’re learning more and more about Alzheimer’s disease. Some of that good work is being done by Brian Balin, a neuropathologist at The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Balin’s research focuses on explaining & treating the devastating neurodegenerative disease. Dr. Brian Balin is an experimental neuropathologist who studies the link between infection and inflammation […]
  • Tuesday, January 27, 2015 12:01am
    As it continues to be an issue worldwide, a great deal has been written about infant mortality. Lucy Thairu, an assistant consulting professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, details this ongoing problem as it occurs on a small African island. Dr. Thairu obtained a Masters’ degree in Biochemistry in France then an MSc. […]
  • Monday, January 26, 2015 10:06am
    If you attended the 2015 annual conference of the Association of American Colleges & Universities, you might have seen The Academic Minute. “The mission of the Association of American Colleges and Universities is to make liberal education and inclusive excellence the foundation for institutional purpose and educational practice in higher education.” Taking place in Washington […]